Employers are always looking for ways to improve employee happiness, as well as building trust in the community they work with. Corporate volunteering is a fantastic way to get the best of both worlds. When a group of employees from the same company regularly volunteer for charitable programs and initiatives, it is referred to as corporate volunteerism.
There are two major benefits to corporate volunteering; reputation and employee satisfaction. The 2020s are a time when the values behind a company matter now more than ever before. Showing the community you do business in that you care can boost the positive representation for your brand. Employee satisfaction follows when a brand has a good reputation in the community, as well as when they are given the opportunity to volunteer. There are also practical benefits such as expanding your network, boosting your social skills, and taking on a new challenge.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
Need ideas for corporate volunteering? Here’s a few ways that companies have come and helped out here at Hearts for the Homeless:
Frank’s Basement Systems recently volunteered their time to assist in the completion of our new Food Pantry. In addition to donating their time, Frank’s also donated a new drain tile, a sump pump and clean space walls in order to provide clean and dry storage space for Hearts Food Pantry.
As part of our outreach programs, Hearts is partnering with a local nonprofit agency to provide take away meals, giveaways for children and adults of books, stuffed animals, and carry bags during their summer lunch program in our local community. The Independent Health YMCA is utilizing their members and clients to volunteer their time with Hearts for the Homeless to help distribute these items, as well as to help inform these families about Hearts’ outreach programs, specifically Hearts Food Pantry. They also carried out two drives and collected two barrels of baseball caps and many cases of water for the homeless.
In the past, Ingram Micro has purchased backpacks and filled them with needed items, then sent volunteer teams to join Hearts’ Mobile Crews to hand out the backpacks to the homeless during Hearts’ meal distribution at Christmas time. They also continually donate hotel-size toiletries to distribute to our homeless clients.
Kohl’s has sent employee volunteer teams on a regular basis to carry out projects for Hearts, and for every 50 hours of employee volunteering, Hearts received a $500 donation. Over the course of time, we have received several thousand dollars.
“Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
Providing your employees with an opportunity to volunteer in the community can be extremely beneficial. Learn more about volunteering opportunities at Hearts for the Homeless and apply today.